Natural flooring options

Wood is a unique and renewable material. Trees absorb carbon during their growing cycle, and this carbon remains stored in products like wood flooring during its service life. Wood itself is considered to be hypoallergenic. Reclaimed wood is also used for wood flooring.

 Bamboo flooring is made from a fast-growing renewable “timber” (bamboo is actually a grass). It is natural anti-bacterial, water-resistant and extremely durable.  Bamboo has become a fashionable décor choice and Andersens have a wide range to choose from.

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A guide to: Choosing the perfect flooring for your bathroom

Choosing the flooring for your bathroom can be extremely fun and extremely stressful all at the same time! Unlike your kitchen flooring, bathrooms can be totally different from the rest of the house, or they can keep the same theme. Either way, your bathrooms are often the most judged room in your house so it’s important to get it right. Here are a few of our favourite choices:

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Do your bit for the environment

As we become more aware of our modern way of living’s effects on the environment, it becomes increasingly important to choose sustainable products that help rather than hurt the environment.

Sustainable products unfortunately have a bit of a stigma attached to them, as they are often far less attractive than their non-eco friendly counterparts. We are pleased to say that this has changed quite dramatically recently. Here are a list of uber-stylish, eco-friendly products that will help you do your bit for the environment:

Fuez Kitchen Bench Tops

 

Made with recycled glass, fly ash, stone and shells, it’s more durable than marble.  Made with 60% to 80% recycled materials, including beer bottles, and manufactured using 100% wind-generated electricity, this is a stylish alternative to quarried stone.

Bamboo Flooring 

 

Bamboo flooring is a durable, sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to timber flooring. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. Further, when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. The best news… it’s not budget-friendly as well!

Bamboo Linen

 

As mentioned above, bamboo is super sustainable! And just when you thought it couldn’t get better… it does! Bamboo linen is a long lasting quality material that you would think would be course but when compared to high thread count quality cotton – it is at least on par if not better. Unbelievably, bamboo towels and bedding tend to get softer with each wash and again – very budget friendly.

So here are just three simple ways you can do your bit to help the environment whilst not having to compromise on style.

Join the Bamboo Revolution

Bamboo products might just be the hottest thing on the market at the moment, from velvety soft sheets and towels to durable, hard and stylish floors. Many smart homeowners are choosing bamboo as a flooring option in their home due not only to its stylish good looks and versatility, but also for it’s  ecological footprint.

Andersens has an extensive range of  bamboo products in a range of colours, sizes and manufacturing styles including fully floating click locked floors. What might surprise you though is the fact that this amazing product is surprisingly inexpensive!

If you’re still unconvinced, here are a few great reasons to choose bamboo:

  • Bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. Further, when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. Each year, one ‘mother plant’ generates several new bamboo stems that grow to full length in a few months and to full mature hardness in about five years.  Made with safe resins, they have extremely low formaldehyde emissions and make excellent floors for healthy homes.
  • Most people don’t realise that bamboo flooring is actually harder than hardwood flooring, which  makes it a more durable and long lasting flooring.
  • It suits your budget. Bamboo flooring is in most cases a less expensive alternative to hardwood flooring, usually costing 25 to 50 per cent less than hardwood. Installation costs remain the same as  hardwood installers and contractors need no additional training to install bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be installed using exactly the same tools and methods as are used for installing hardwood.
  • It creates a fashion statement. Interior designers are flocking to use bamboo flooring due to it’s unique grain and appearance. This stylish flooring is sure to add that “wow” factor to any home.
  • Bamboo floors are easy to clean.
  • Bamboo floors are ideal for allergy sufferers as they do not promote dust or harbor dust mites.
  • Bamboo flooring can be installed over numerous types of sub-floors such as: wood, sheathing grade plywood, vinyl tile, or Oriented Strand Board.

Our preferred suppliers, ensure that the product they supply Andersens is harvested and manufactured using the latest extremely environmental friendly techniques, incorporating compliance with the E1 standards. It is stronger than most hardwoods, and as mentioned above, they do not take hundreds of years to grow, as do hardwoods of comparable density.

If you’re interested in joining the “Bamboo Revolution” contact your local Andersens store today to find out more about a bamboo flooring solution to meet your specific requirements. You can also click here to view our FAQs on bamboo or visit our website to choose your preferred option.

Nothing beats bamboo – we’re loving this product right now.

Bamboo floors have a natural beauty and durability. In contrast to laminate, bamboo is a completely natural material. It is an eco-friendly, sustainable resource. Regardless of its possible vulnerability to high-heeled shoes, bamboo remains more durable than pine and a lot of vinyl floors.

Ask Andersens for some flooring samples to look at in the comfort of your own home. You’ll be amazed once you put them to the test against scratches and dents. Bamboo floors are available in a wide selection of finishes and colours, simple to install, easily cleaned and maintained.

Check out some recent shots from one of our Andersens Morayfield clients who was …’very happy’ with her bamboo selection.

 

The bamboo floors contrast very nicely against the crisp white of this freshly renovated kitchen

 

Bamboo comes in so many different shades. You’ll be sure to find one to complement your home.

 

Loving the nautical feel of this home – the warmth of the timber looks lovely against the navy and white Breton stripe and cool red.

Bamboo flooring – the natural flooring choice

Many smart homeowners are choosing bamboo as a flooring option in their home due to its versatility, price and ecological footprint.  Andersens stock bamboo products in a range of colours, sizes and manufacturing styles including fully floating click locked floors.

Apart from using the latest trend in floor coverings and giving your home some ‘wow’ factor, there are several advantages to using bamboo flooring compared to hardwood flooring.

First, bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. And when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. Each year, one ‘mother plant’ generates several new bamboo stems that grow to full length in a few months, and to mature hardness in about five years. Bamboo plants are therefore quickly replenished following a harvest.

Second, bamboo is actually harder than hardwood so it makes more durable flooring.

Third, in most cases bamboo is less expensive than hardwood while installation costs are the same. Hardwood installers and contractors need no additional training to install bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be installed using exactly the same tools and methods as are used for installing hardwood.

It’s reassuring that bamboo can be installed in virtually any room of your home, above or below ground, over wood, OSB (Oriented Strand Board), or existing vinyl flooring. There are several locations that are not recommended for bamboo flooring. Because bamboo flooring is a natural flooring product it is not recommended that bamboo be installed in wet locations such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping. Extended exposure to moisture of this type may cause your bamboo flooring to warp or swell.

There are a number of benefits for using bamboo flooring…

– Bamboo floors are easy to clean.

– Bamboo floors are ideal for allergy sufferers as they do not promote dust or harbor dust mites.

– Bamboo flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring, usually costing 25 to 50 per cent less than hardwood.

– Bamboo flooring is long-lasting.

– Bamboo flooring can be installed over numerous types of sub-floors such as: wood, sheathing grade plywood, vinyl tile, or Oriented Strand Board.

– Bamboo floors are environmentally friendly. They use a quickly renewable crop. Made with safe resins, they have extremely low formaldehyde emissions and make excellent floors for healthy homes.

Our preferred supplier, Clever Bamboo, ensures that the product they supply Andersens is harvested and manufactured using the latest extremely environmental friendly techniques, incorporating compliance with the E1 standards. It is stronger than most hardwoods, and it does not take hundreds of years to grow, as do hardwoods of comparable density.

Bamboo grows into a mature tree ready to harvest approximately every 4 years. Each tree in the managed bamboo forest is identified and selected for the season and year for harvest. Unlike wood plantations, the bamboo trees are not all harvested at the same time, so the bamboo forests are not clear felled. This process ensures that the bamboo forest is always present to help reduce greenhouse gases.

Furthermore, the whole bamboo tree is used effectively for manufactured products, from flooring to tooth picks, eliminating any waste. It looks and feels like hardwood, but of course it is so much more environmentally friendly.

Contact your local Andersens store today to find out more about a bamboo flooring solution to meet your specific requirements. You can also click here to view our FAQs on bamboo.